The Experience Works Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is currently accepting applications. There are currently three openings for qualified candidates.

Program applicants must be age 55 or older, unemployed, live in Houston County and have incomes of $14,363 per year or less for a family of one ($19,388 for family of two).

"In this difficult economy, many older Minnesotans are finding it necessary to find work," says Nancy Hoffman, local employment and training coordinator for Experience Works.

"Unfortunately, finding a job can be especially difficult for older workers who have not looked for employment for some time or for those who have been unsuccessful in their job hunt.

"Our program is a stepping stone for people desperate for work. We can provide immediate assistance and wages for those who qualify for the SCSEP."

Experience Works SCSEP is available at no cost to people who meet eligibility criteria. The program provides paid community service assignments at local public and non-profit organizations, training, referral to needed services and job search assistance.

With updated skills, participants use their community service training as a springboard to permanent jobs with